Bryan, John L.
Dr. John L. Bryan known affectionately as the "Prof." by his students, served as Chair and Professor of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering from the establishment of the department in 1956 until his retirement from the University of Maryland in 1993. Under his leadership, the department evolved from a modest, one-person operation to a mature and vital program serving the fire protection needs of the nation. In recognition of his outstanding service to the University, Dr. Bryan was appointed Professor Emeritus upon his retirement. As a tribute to him and his significant contribution to fire protection engineering education, a group of dedicated alumni initiated endowment of the John L. Bryan Chair in Fire Protection Engineering. This endowment has recently been completed.
Prof. Bryan was selected as the Man of the Year by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers in 1977. In 1986, he received the prestigious Paul C. Lamb Award from the National Fire Protection Association. In 1991, he received the Parmalee Award from the American Fire Sprinkler Association. Professor Bryan is the author of two textbooks and numerous technical papers; he has served as editor of a number of publications. He remains active in the development of national and international fire safety engineering standards.